Chip in for a $50m border fence
Published 20/07/2011 | 09:43
Arizona has launched a website where people can make donations to pay for fencing along the US state's border with Mexico.
The website, buildtheborderfence.com, went into operation early on Wednesday - the day most new laws the state legislature passed during its regular session go into effect.
State senator Steve Smith, who sponsored the legislation authorising the fence project, said his initial goal is to raise 50 million dollars.
A committee of legislators, state agency directors and county sheriffs will make recommendations to the legislature on how and where to spend the money.
Democrats say the project is a misguided, piecemeal approach to border security and immigration issues.
Mr Smith and other Republicans argue that the federal government has not done enough to secure the border from illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists.
https://www.buildtheborderfence.com/azborder/index.xhtml(Build the border fence)